Our team started talking about the idea for this post months ago, deep into a year of biding our time and seeking out sources of entertainment at home. Ultimately, our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to try out some new-to-us skin-care tools. Today we’re sharing ten of those tools with you, along with our honest reviews of each one. This is not a post insisting that you too need to try out all (or ANY) of these tools if it’s not something that’s up your alley. Our skin-care routines are all individualized, and we think everyone should take whatever route they’d like when it comes to this topic.
If this is something that’s of interest to you, we hope you find these recommendations helpful! We’re always on the hunt for hardworking skin-care products, so if you have any particular favorites of your own, we’d love to hear them in the comments.
P.S. Please remember that these are our personal recommendations. If you have any questions about what would work best for your skin type, it’s generally a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or esthetician.
Pros: I have really dry skin and my dermatologist always tells me I can’t exfoliate enough. Using a dry brush feels like I’m sloughing away physical and emotional junk. It’s SO satisfying. I use the dry brush before I shower, use a cream-based soap in the shower, and apply an oil to my body afterward. I used to have dry bumps on my body and they went away after I started to maintain this process.
Cons: There are no cons I’ve found, unless you have skin that doesn’t tolerate this kind of exfoliation.
Verdict: I would recommend!
Pros: This product is inexpensive, simple to use, and makes me feel instantly refreshed. I find that the temperature change even helps me reset and focus on the present. The roller is wide enough that you can use it on both your body and your face, and it’s helpful for headaches too. I tend to retain a lot of water and wake up really puffy (especially after eating salty foods), and the ice roller definitely helps reduce puffiness and define the jawline.
Cons: It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing of products, and because it needs to be stored in the freezer, I don’t remember to use it as often as I’d like. Minimal cons overall!
Verdict: This is a simple, affordable tool that has been, in my experience, quite effective. I think it’s ideal for people who are burning the oil on both ends, maybe aren’t sleeping a ton, and want to add a refreshing step to their skin-care routines.
Pros: This tool helps to create a firmer and smoother skin texture. You get the benefit of a mild microcurrent too, to amplify the effects of the product, and it’s waterproof as well.
Cons: It’s expensive, can pinch your face sometimes, and it’s a pretty big size so sometimes it feels like it’s hard to accurately move across my face (it’s a good size for using on the body though!).
Verdict: I don’t think this is fully worth the cost, and probably not ideal for someone who’s just starting out with this type of skin-care tool. It may work really well for some but I don’t love the pinching sensation I tend to feel when I use it. I’d recommend starting with a simpler, cheaper face rolling tool to get into the habit first.
I’m not sure if it was quarantine or that I had just turned forty, but I started obsessing over skin-care tools this year. One of my resulting newfound interests is microneedling. Yes, it’s true, I am purposefully rolling itty-bitty needles all over my face. It hurts, but not in a way that one would assume means it’s not working.
Verdict: Does it work? I think so. My face is red for a good thirty minutes afterward. To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s the microneedling or that I no longer wear makeup on the reg, but my skin has definitely been plumper and brighter of late. Either way, I love a good skin-care tool, and I’ll continue to use it.
I use this little tool to rid myself of the peach fuzz (and, yes, occasional small brown hairs, sprinkled about for added fun) that take up residence on my face. I’ll put marula oil on my skin beforehand to act as a barrier and will slather more oil on my face after dermaplaning to moisturize.
Pros: The process is easy and quick and it gives me the results I want (hair removal and smoother skin!) at home and on a budget. I reuse each razor somewhere between 5 – 10 times, rinsing and drying the product in between uses.
Cons: None in my personal experience.
Verdict: I would recommend!
I got served an ad for this product and was curious to try out some basic facial exercises with it. (I’d recommend doing your own research and consulting with a physician or dentist before using this product if you have concerns about things like TMJ.)
Pros: The idea is super simple and I can feel the product working right away. I’ve noticed my jawline looks tighter in general after only a couple of times using it.
Cons: I’ve noticed that using this can sometimes make me gag a bit, and overall it’s not necessarily a fun experience, especially compared to some of the other tools on this list.
Verdict: This is a good, budget-friendly way to make facial exercises a part of your routine, but you could probably get the same effect by learning more about facial exercises that don’t require a product.
Pros: These are so inexpensive that I use them several times a week! They’re great for calming puffy skin and help visually wake me up a bit. Plus, using them has taught my one-year-old the word “eye.”
Cons: None in my experience.
Verdict: I would recommend!
Pros: This razor gives me the closest shave of any I’ve used. In my experience, it’s the best product I’ve tried for shaving sensitive skin. The design of the product forces you to slow down, so it’s a different (but very effective) way of shaving.
Cons: You can’t really do it in a hurry or, as I’ve experienced, you’ll likely cut yourself.
Verdict: I would recommend!
I discovered Frownies through social media and I’m so glad I did! I have done preventative Botox twice in the past, but I have recently wanted to try a more natural approach for wrinkles and fine lines. I love that these don’t freeze my face; they just hold it in place, training my forehead muscles while I sleep.
Pros: I wear these while sleeping for an easy, seamless process, and I wake up with a newly fine line-free face that still shows emotion. They’re also very affordable!
Cons: Using these makes my nighttime skin-care routine a bit longer. I usually put one on after I wash my face and then put my oils/serums on around it, but you can also apply your oils/serums everywhere and wait for your face to fully dry before applying the patch.
Verdict: I am starting to pair Frownies with facial exercises, which may be a longer-lasting fix to this whole concept of anti-aging. (I follow @allyoucanface on Tik Tok to learn facial exercises!) I love that Frownies encourage you to still embrace your face—not morph it or freeze it into something new. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my experience with Botox as well, but this natural approach is working just as well and is MUCH cheaper!
Pros: You can see the lifting effect instantly after using this mask. It’s very pleasant to have on your face, and gives a cooling sensation while locking in moisture.
Cons: The mask tugs on your ears a little bit, and I don’t love the product waste (to counter this slightly, I’ll reuse mine twice and I’ll often use it longer than the package suggests—for an hour or so while getting ready). I’ve tried using it with a face mask underneath but I found it to be a bit irritating, so I’d recommend putting it on top of your serum and moisturizer instead.
Verdict: Overall, I love this mask. It’s very effective and great for those who are looking for a slimming effect on the chin/jawline.
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BY Kate Arends - December 30, 2020
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